Carlos Correa, the Houston Astros shortstop who won a championship with the team in 2017 with the help of some extracurricular activities, has announced that he will be leaving the team after this season.
Correa told the athletic,,My last year with the Astros,” said Correa. “Hopefully we can win another championship. With two of them I can leave this great organization.”
I’m not exactly sure why Correa decided to leave. Maybe he wants to be the only star in a team, or get a super contract, or he just needs to change his environment. Or… maybe he’s trying to distance himself from the scandal he was part of.
Carlos – can I call you Carlos? – if you’re leaving because you’re tired of being booed, know it won’t work. Look at George Springer being harassed with his new team (Blue Jays) even when they are at home.
The people you’re trying to trick into forgiving you have brains over two years old, object permanence and all. No one will see you in a Cardinals jersey and say, “Who is this mystery man? Looks like he didn’t do anything wrong.”
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The Astros have been booed relentlessly at every stadium they’ve been to since fans have been allowed back into the stadiums, and the team, to their credit, stood there and took their comeuppance, as responsible adults…of course, I’m kidding. The Astros have reportedly filed a complaint with MLB.
Winning another championship with the Astros won’t change anything. No amount of team switching or subsequent championships will whitewash the reputation you and your teammates have made for yourself by cheating. That ship has sailed for a long time. You could have minimized the backlash by being honest, apologizing sincerely and returning the World Series trophy. But instead you taunted opponents and fans alike, so get stronger.
“Yes, I used the trash can. And I’m here like a man to tell you I’ve used it. Because my credibility here; this is what i live for. Every time I speak, I want you to believe me, and when I tell you, yes, I did,” said Correa on February 21, 2020.
Correa clearly values his credibility above all else and says what he means and means what he says and I’m kidding again. He denied cheating a few days before February 15, 2020 in an interview on MLB Network.
“So you guys didn’t have their marks,” Ken Rosenthal asked, referring to the 2017 World Series.
“No. No,” Correa said in a pitch high enough to shatter a wine glass.
Earlier in that same interview, Correa said this in response to Cody Bellinger saying that the Astros stole the World Series from the Dodgers:
“The problem I have is when players go out and don’t know the facts. They’re not aware of the situation. And they just go out in front of cameras and just talk. And that doesn’t seem right to me… He can either not reading, is very bad at reading comprehension, or is just completely unaware.”
Leave it to the impostor to make moral judgment. By the way, a very classy move, cheating to hit someone and then calling them illiterate. That’s exactly why the booing will never stop, because you were the most outspoken, unashamed bastard on the team in the wake of the scandal.
Everything you’ve said about this, Carlos old friend, old friend, was along the lines of, ‘Yeah, we cheated. What are you going to do about it?”
And this is what people are doing about it. Jeering at you and throwing garbage cans on the field because that’s the only way to vent their frustrations.
Side note: I’ve heard some people throw trash cans on the field as ‘dangerous’, and of course I’m against anything dangerous, but can someone please explain to me how? I ask sincerely. It’s not like someone is going to hit a player. Honestly, if someone can throw a garbage can 70 feet past the wall of the field and hit a player, then they shouldn’t be arrested, they should sign a contract because they have a better arm than anyone on the team.
Carlos, this will probably haunt you forever. Once you embrace the role of villain, you can’t just come back to it. So why run away from it now? This is your legacy: an impostor. So sit with that.